Tenets of EDM

DIY Rave Bras

I love looking at rave bras. Admittedly, I follow multiple accounts on Instagram just to look at the different designs of rave bras. One of my favorites is Electric Laundry, a company started in 2011 that creates high quality custom rave outfits. Their rave bras are handmade, extremely detailed, and gorgeous. However, they are also phenomenally expensive. Until you can afford these masterpieces (which you should definitely treat yourself to one day), feel free to make your own rave bra. As your broke raver girl, I have made two DIY rave bras for less than $30.

First, buy a cheap bra. Go to Walmart and get a $5 bra. You don’t need a Victoria’s Secret bra. I can’t even afford to wear Victoria’s Secret on a daily basis, let alone at one festival for three days. Once you cover the bra with glue and feathers, sequins, rhinestones, glitter, and pearls, you won’t be able to see the bra anyways.

Decide on a theme. One of mine’s was a peacock theme. The other was a basic flower bra. Let’s run through the flower bra. I bought a huge bag of rhinestones of different sizes and colors and used fabric glue to glue each one on individually. I then decided that using a glue gun was easier and less messy. The glue gun is your friend. Line the rhinestones on the edge of the bra, either straight across the bottom, straight across the top, or straight across the bottom on one cup and straight across the top on the other cup. Oh you want to use rhinestones of different sizes and different colors? Make a pattern. Buy fake flowers. Pull the flowers off the stems. Glue those on. Do you want to line the flowers along the edge of the bra? Go ahead and do that. Do you want to put a large flower in the middle of the bra? Go ahead and do that as well. So the flowers look plain? Bling them up. Put on the rhinestones which already have sticky backs. Glue on sequins. Or spray on glitter. Let’s make something dangle from the bra. Buy a string of pearls or string of beads of any sort.

And there you go. A basic DIY rave bra which is affordable for the broke ravers of this world. All the materials you need can be found at a craft store.

Materials: bra, glue gun, fabric glue, rhinestones, sequins, glitters, fake flowers, beads

This is just a basic guide. But feel free to be creative. Do you want an ocean theme? Use shells, pearls, sand (glitter). Do whatever your heart desires. This is a perk of making things yourself.

PLUR

I always found it difficult to define PLUR, a mantra within the rave culture that meant “peace, love, unity, respect.” We are essentially the hippies of this generation in this respect, with hippies in the past saying “Peace”. It is a way of treating people so that the world will be a better place. I see PLUR practiced at raves and festivals where people from all over the world gather under the same sky. A pick up line used at some raves I have been include “How many times have you seen this artist?” and it is unheard of to see guys touching or grinding with a girl without first introducing themselves to the girl and asking for permission. I personally feel much safer at a rave than at a club. However, PLUR goes beyond female and male interactions, it allows everyone to be friends with each other and to help each other unconditionally and selflessly. If only this could be applied to the entire universe as well.

Pasquelle Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomnia Events, described PLUR perfectly in this facebook post, which I quote below

“✌??? A few Words about P.L.U.R. When I was first introduced to this concept it was in the early 90’s at undergrounds. At that time it was a Spoken thing. A discussion. Sometimes it was written in the corner of a flyer here and there. But they were definitely the overriding Principles of attending an Event….and also for trying to live your Life Outside of Events.This was Pre-Kandi, Pre-Merch, Pre-Just about everything. Promoters were breaking into Warehouses in LA by Bolt Cutting Locks, there was maybe 1 or two lights, and all the money was spent on a booming sound-system. Security was sometimes Non-Existent. Which was always amazing to me because then Drag Queens, GangBangers, Goths, Breakdancers, and Kids like me and my friends from Westside would Get Along. Better that that, WE PARTIED! ?The concept of P.L.U.R held people together then. In a very REAL way. It still holds the same Gravity for me now.? I’m not sure when it became popular or “Cool” to clown on “PLURRRRR Bro”.?? But I just laugh and give those people a Big Hug, because they don’t get it. PLUR is O.G…PLUR is why I keep doing Events, and The spirit of PLUR saved my Life a few times when things got sticky back in the Day! ??? More on this Later, but I will leave you with this… ‪#‎PEACE‬ – To be in the same place as another, to exist similtaniously without conflict or adverse effects/reactions.?‪#‎LOVE‬ – To unconditionally feel great affection for a fellow being, and offer friendship regardless of race, sex, or creed.?‪#‎UNITY‬ – To come together and defend common interests and give a sense of well being among those who feel unaccepted, to allow any and all to be a part of you and your friends. ?‪#‎RESPECT‬ – To allow yourself to be who you are without expectations, and allow others to do the same while helping each other, giving those around you the pride, courage, and honor you would yourself.‪#‎PLUR‬????✊”